Category: Ontario Grain Farmer

Lights, camera …. entrapment: SILO, the movie

In the midst of a saturated media market, a movie made on a shoestring budget – about grain handling safety – has generated a buzz among rural audiences. SILO is a Hollywood style, 80 minute-long story of a farm worker who gets trapped trying to free-up grain stuck in a 50-foot high storage bin. Compared to most instructional videos, SILO takes farm safety to a whole new level.

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Simplifying plant-based meals

Many of us try to follow Canada’s new food guide, to incorporate more plant materials into our meals. Some plant-based foods though contain foreign-sounding ingredients that make you shake your head. Enter Neophyto Foods of Guelph and the ‘Craft it Yourself’ meal kit, with just five ingredients.

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Accolades for Corteva’s sustainability goals

Agricultural giant Corteva Agriscience has only been around for two years – formed in 2018 from a merger of Dow AgroSciences and DuPont’s Pioneer and Crop Protection business – but it’s already made huge waves in global crop production, paired with natural resources conservation. Fortune magazine described the company as “doing good by doing well”. Photo: Ontario Grain Farmer

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Urban Cowboy

Raising awareness and promoting dialogue about current food and agriculture issues.


Headshot of Owen Roberts

Owen Roberts is a faculty member in the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications program at the University of Illinois. As an agricultural journalist, he is the past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists and a lifetime achievement award recipient from the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation. His programs and research papers have been recognized nationally and internationally through awards from the Journal of Applied Communications, the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Association for Communications Excellence, and others.